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tn-c5-012aYour Indie Weekly: Tara Normal #1-2

Tara Normal #1 and #2 Written and Drawn by: Howie Noel Website: TaraNormal.com Tara Normal is about “a female paranormal investigator with supernatural powers fighting for her late mother’s soul.”  The series has its origins… [more]

DEC120574Serialized Escalation

So – how good was THE LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE (this year’s sequel miniseries to 2012′s surprising hit THE STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE – both by writer Justin Jordan and by the art team… [more]

1Cave-In Review

In a lot of ways Scott McCloud’s three books are my bibles. It’s because of them I love comics as much as I do. It’s because of them I love to make comics as much… [more]

AvengersHickmanA Smarter World: Hickman’s Avengers #1-3

Judging a long form story based on a small glimmer of it month to month doesn’t make much sense.  You can judge a cake from a slice, but this isn’t cake!  Stories trace trajectories.  … [more]

Ghost Town 2 coverFinding Lost Things: Ghost Town #2

Ryan Lindsay is setting out to be the new name in crime comics. You might recognize his name as editor for the Sequart book The Devil is in the Details, which was all about the… [more]

Trillium_CoverATrillium #1 Review

Trillium #1 Written by Jeff Lemire Art by Jeff Lemire Colors by Jeff Lemire and José Villarrubia Published by DC/VERTIGO Comics Rating: 8.5 (of 10) “Trillium #1 is a captivating and skillful slice of sci-fi… [more]

01The Fire of Youth: Rachael Smith’s I am Fire

Rachael Smith is an exemplary cartoonist.  After her first book, The Way We Write, it was easy to see she was talented, but Rachael Smith is becoming a creator to watch. In a world of… [more]

sullivan 1The Horror of Baseball: A Review of Sullivan’s Sluggers

Sullivan’s Sluggers originated as one of the many Kickstarter grassroots projects that have flooded the internet in recent years. While it pigeonholes itself comfortably into predictable tropes familiar to the horror genre, it exhibits more… [more]

Man of Steel-SA Tale of Two Choices—Reflections on Man of Steel

Warning: If you somehow have managed to not see Man of Steel or had its controversial ending spoiled, turn away. In The Man of Steel from 2013, Superman faces a man that appears to be… [more]

SuperiorSpidey_CoverSuperior Spider-Man #14 Review

Superior Spider-Man #14 Written by Dan Slott Art by Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba Colors by Edgar Delgado Published by Marvel Comics Rating: 9 (of 10) “Otto’s ambition, confidence and preparation in Superior Spider-Man #14… [more]

your-latest-moody-superhero-the-wolverineThe Wolverine is a Cut Above the Rest

(Sorry about the headline. Low-hanging fruit.) A few months ago I sort of picked apart the trailer for The Wolverine and voiced my disappointment in the direction that they’d seemingly taken the movie in. I… [more]

The Wolverine (2013) posterHalf Action Movie, Half Art Film, The Wolverine Delivers

The Wolverine has everything fans require. It’s got lots of great actions sequences, culminating in a big showdown. But it’s also got some art-film DNA in the mix. It’s an action film that also works… [more]

CatalystComix_CoverCatalyst Comix #1 (of 9) Review

Catalyst Comix #1 (of 9) Written by Joe Casey Art by Dan McDaid, Paul Maybury and Ulises Farinas Colors by Brad Simpson Published by Dark Horse Comics Rating: 7 (of 10) “Catalyst Comix #1 is… [more]

Dexter #1Not Your Television’s Dexter: On Dexter #1, from Marvel Comics

Dexter #1 Writer: Jeff Lindsay. Art: Dalibor Talajic. Cover: Michael del Mundo. Variant cover #1: Dalibor Talajic. Variant cover #2: Ive Svorcina. Publisher: Marvel Comics. I’m a sucker for serial killers. They’re my guilty pleasure. I… [more]

CAP08COVCaptain America #8 Review

Captain America #8 Written by Rick Remender Art by John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson & Scott Hanna Colors by Dean White Published by Marvel Comics Rating: 9 (of 10) SPOILERS! Captain America should be dead.… [more]

movies-man-of-steel-henry-cavillThe Man of Steel Lacks Heart, Brain, Courage

It’s been two days since I saw Man of Steel and I haven’t stopped talking about it. Wait, let me revise that. It’s been two days since I saw Man of Steel and I haven’t… [more]

unchained_coverReview: Superman Unchained #1

Superman Unchained #1 Written by Scott Snyder Art by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair Letters by Sal Cipriano Published by DC Comics Review by Markisan Naso Rating: 6 (of 10) SPOILERS! When I… [more]

Man of Steel posterZack Snyder’s Revisionist The Man of Steel

The Man of Steel is very much Zack Snyder’s. But that doesn’t mean what we thought it did. (As usual, here there be spoilers.) Prior to the film’s release, super-hero fans had a lot of… [more]

nightlynews1Review of Nightly News

When I was in college, I was a big Warren Ellis fan and my favorite comic was his Vertigo series, Transmetropolitan. That comic made me want to become a journalist. The story’s main character, Spider… [more]

Flash Gordon: On the Planet MongoOn Alex Raymond & Don Moore’s “Flash Gordon: On the Planet of Mongo”

It would be far easier to discuss those relatively few aspects of sci-fantastical fiction which haven’t been in any way influenced by Alex Raymond and Don Moore’s Flash Gordon. Even those genre creators who reject… [more]

scan0078The Best of All of Us: “Doctor Who: Death to the Doctor,” by Jonathan Morris and Roger Langridge

In which the blogger hopes that folks might stick around while he discusses a thoroughly fine and not unimportant story which many of you probably haven’t read, but which you really might want to, regardless… [more]

Enterprise (Star Trek into Darkness still)Star Trek into Darkness Hostile to Star Trek, Intelligence

Before we continue, I need to issue the obligatory spoiler warning. In order to really get at what’s going on in this film, I’ll have to talk about its plot. So if you haven’t seen… [more]

star_trek_into_darkness-HDJohn Harrison is the New Joker

I just got back from watching the brand new installment of J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the Star Trek film franchise, Star Trek into Darkness. Without going into a full-scale review, I would say that this… [more]

star-trek-countdown-coverOn Star Trek: Countdown and Necessary Movie Tie-Ins

I’m not really one for movie tie-in comics because the whole idea just seems so superfluous to me. Artists on these comics are in an awkward position where they are either criticized for not making… [more]

Iron Man 3 poster #2Why Iron Man 3 is the Best Iron Man Film to Date

Iron Man 3 might not be an Avengers-like, nonstop action fest. But it’s the best of the three Iron Man films. In fact, it’s the only one that really understands the character.